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Exclusions Reduced

STRANRAER ACADEMY have announced a dramatic reduction in the number of pupils being excluded from school.

Exclusions - where pupils are suspended from school for between 5 and fifteen days for whatever reason - have fallen so much that the Academy now boasts one of the lowest levels in the region.

And targets for reductions in exclusions which were set by the Scottish Executive have been smashed.

The improvement is so impressive that representatives from Northern College, who run teacher training courses, are coming to the school to see how it has been done.

In the next few weeks the College will send a team to the Academy to make a series of educational videos. These will be used in, for example, teacher training, especially in the area of special educational needs.

This is not the first time the good work of staff and pupils in reducing exclusions has been recognised either. In 1999, national development officers visited after it had been identified that "good practices" were being carried out at the school.

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